Graduate Programs

Astronomy class at the Mount Cuba observatory in Wilmington where instructor explains the telescopes, uses and applications and shows students how to identify objects in the sky.

Physics: Ph.D., M.S.

 

Program Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) offers a graduate program leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in physics. Nearly all graduate students in the program are at some point or another supported as teaching assistants (TAs). Valuable information about being a TA can be found in the Handbook for Graduate Teaching Assistants, issued by the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning. This handbook also provides a convenient summary of University policies that apply for the appointment of graduate teaching assistants.

 

Requirements for the M.S. degree

The M.S. with thesis degree requires 24 credits hours of graded PHYS courses, including at most three credits of research (PHYS 868). Graded courses are those receiving a letter grade (A through F). Among 24 required credits, at least six credits must be at the PHYS 800 level. In addition, six credits of thesis work (PHYS 869) are required. The purpose of the M.S. thesis is to demonstrate that the student can conduct research under supervision and communicate the results clearly in English. The thesis is defended in an oral examination administered by a committee of three members of the department.

The M.S. without thesis degree requires 30 credit hours of graded PHYS courses, including at most three credits of research (PHYS 868). Graded courses are those receiving a letter grade (A through F). Among 30 required credits, at least six credits must be at the PHYS 800 level. In addition, the degree candidate will survey the literature on a current topic in physics or astronomy, write a report on this topic and make a public presentation to the department, represented by three members of its faculty (appointed by the director of the graduate program with approval of the chair of the department).

Approval of the graduate review committee is required if more than six credits are from departments other than physics and astronomy or if any are in a discipline unrelated to physics.

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree

Students may enter the Ph.D. program after successfully completing an M.S. degree program, at the University of Delaware or elsewhere, or may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program directly after a bachelor’s degree. To obtain a Ph.D., students will normally follow the course-intensive regular track. Students entering the program with at least a U.S. master of science degree, or its equivalent, in physics or a closely related field may be eligible to follow the less coursework-intensive fast track. Eligibility for the fast track will be determined by the DPA Graduate Admissions Committee.

 

Application Deadlines


FALL:

January 31: To be considered for departmental funding
July 1: Final deadline to apply

SPRING:

November 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition


The 2021-2022 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $950.